The Toyota Parasport Fund is an existing UK-wide programme through Toyota GB and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and aims to help activity providers improve the quality and quantity of sport and activities available to disabled people.
It delivers opportunities across the home countries and is delivered in partnership with Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Disability Sport Wales and Scottish Disability Sport.
Agustín Martín, Toyota (GB) President & Managing Director, said: “At Toyota, we are committed to creating a fairer and more inclusive society.
“The Toyota Parasport Fund is helping to break down the barriers that we know can prevent those with impairments from being able to participate in sport and activity, making a marked difference to communities across the UK.”
The Fund has invested more than £390,000 in clubs and activity providers to empower disabled people to enjoy the benefits of becoming more physically active.
Among the 93 successful applicants to receive equipment in England was Norfolk Snowsports Club’s adaptive section.
“We’ve been running a programme for people with disabilities, but our equipment is very old – out of date – and we wanted to renew it,” said Richard Roberts, adaptive programme co-ordinator at the club.
“In particular, we wanted equipment with a more comfortable seat, better head support, more comfortable strapping and safety harness. That’s going to be what we use the Toyota Parasport Fund for.
“The Fund will enable some of the most disabled children and adults to use our facility, who are currently put off by the rather rough condition and discomfort of our current equipment.”
The total funding will be further boosted later this year with another £200,000 targeted to help clubs bounce back from the impact of COVID-19 in 2021.